Warren Dean Wing, longtime Newkirk area farmer, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor. He was 83.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church of Newkirk with Rev. Mark Southard officiating. Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Arkansas City. Miller-Stahl Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. The body will lie in state at the funeral home Friday until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The family will be available at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. to visit with friends.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Warren Wing’s name to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 404, Newkirk, OK 74647-0404.
The son of Benjamin E. and Edith Marie (Sherbon) Wing, Warren was born June 8, 1936, in Arkansas City. He grew up on his parents farm, three and a half miles east of Chilocco. He attended Grey Noret Rural School and then Newkirk High School, graduating with the class of 1954. He then attended Arkansas City Junior College, studying carpentry. He graduated from there in 1953.
After graduation, Warren worked three and a half years at the Houston Lumber Yard in Arkansas City, and then worked about a year for Kenneth Stout Construction. He liked the lumber business, so he worked for the Central Lumber Yard in Arkansas City for a year. In 1961 he bought the farm across the road from his home farm and began farming full time.
In November 1955 Warren joined the United States Army Reserve Unit of the 95th division in Ponca City. He served six and a half years in the active reserves unit and reached the rank of staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged in November 1962.
On Aug. 15, 1965, Warren and Annette Eileen (Eastman) Swoyer were united in marriage at Hackney Baptist Church. They made their home on Warren’s farm and raised three daughters there: Teresa Ann, Christina Jo and Lora Lynn. Annette died May 12, 2011.
In 1968 Warren was elected to the first board of directors of the Dale Water Corporation, which later became Kay County Rural Water District 5. He served 29 years on this board, serving as president several years. In 1969 he was elected to the Farmers Cooperative Elevator and Supply board of directors in Newkirk. He served 12 years on this board, serving three years as president. In the late 1970s he was appointed by the governor of Oklahoma to the Kay County Community Board of the Farmers Home Administration, serving two three-year terms.
From childhood, Warren was a member of Grey Noret Presbyterian Church, located one mile from his home. He was Sunday school superintendent and taught the teenage Sunday school class two years. In 1963 Grey Noret Church merged with First Presbyterian Church of Newkirk, and Warren remained a member the rest of his life. Over the years he served many terms as a ruling elder of the Newkirk Church, and he also served as liturgist. Warren enjoyed serving on the board of directors, being in charge of things and assisting with church services.
Warren enjoyed woodworking and building furniture. He looked forward to the monthly card parties in the Grey Noret Community. He was trusting, truthful and would do anything for anyone. He was a leader and he had strong ties to the farm and his family’s history. Warren had many friends, and he loved his family. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren partake in sports and other activities.
In addition to Annette, his wife of almost 46 years, Warren was preceded in death by his parents.
Warren is survived by his children, Teresa and Rick Turner, of Newkirk, Christina and Jerry Hook, of Tonkawa and Lora Walton, of Newkirk; his grandchildren, Tori and Dane DeWitt, Jordan Walton, Benjamin Hook, Bryan Hook and Brady Hook, Amber and Nolan Tisdale, Christopher Abbott, Amy and Jake Klinger, Audrey Billings and Dylan Davis; and 11 great-grandchildren with one on the way.